Middle East


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MSC Divina/MSC Cruises

Sure, April showers bring May flowers, but the month also ushers in a seriously good cruise deal from MSC. Now through May 31, you can snag two-for-one fare on select Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and United Arab Emirates cruises through November, with 50 percent taken off the regular fare. (Prices... Read More

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Turkish Airlines A320/Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines A320/Turkish Airlines

If you’re planning to fly into the United States from airports in Africa and the Middle East — including its major transit hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, pay attention: you may have to check some or all of your electronics. These can include laptops, cameras, e-readers, portable DVD... Read More

 Mӧvenpick Resort Petra/Facebook
Mӧvenpick Resort Petra/Facebook

Once the capital city of the Nabatean people, Petra is a stunning World Heritage Site, cut into the red sandstone of Jordan (and recognizable to many for its appearance in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark). Two- and three-day entrance tickets are available for little more than a one-day pass... Read More

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 Petra, Jordan/flickr/Seetheholyland.net
Petra, Jordan/flickr/Seetheholyland.net

With the rising threat of terrorism across the globe, traveling away from home can feel scary — specifically to places near the heart of tension. But consider this: When it comes to terrorism, it is unlikely to stumble into the middle of a terrorist attack anywhere. The probability is comparable, if not higher, in... Read More

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Downtown Beirut/flickr/Ahmad Moussaoui

Beirut is a city of contrasts, where mosques stand cheek to jowl with churches; modern towers crowd French colonial buildings; and bikinis and burqas are equally acceptable fashion statements. Visitors shouldn’t miss the architecture, shops, and restaurants of downtown, which was fully renovated after Lebanon’s Civil War in 1990... Read More

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Isfahan Armenian Vank Cathedral/Golden Eagle

As the decades-long chill in U.S.-Iran relations begins to thaw, the Eurasian Republic is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after travel destinations of the year. The country boasts extraordinary contemporary architecture — designed, no less, by an impressive cadre of largely female architects — many of the world’s oldest cultural monuments, and vast... Read More

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From a traveler’s perspective, the idea of a trip to Damascus right now (and pretty much anywhere else in Syria) is clearly out of the question. With constant headlines about possible U.S. air strikes and uncertainty surrounding additional chemical weapons attacks on civilians, you’d have to be living under... Read More

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US Embassy Madagascar

Twenty-six days. That’s how long the Department of State’s current Worldwide Travel Alert in the Middle East and North Africa is projected to last. As of Friday, US embassies in a number of countries (UAE, Jordan, Madagascar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, to name a few) were ordered to... Read More

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Mosque Ramadan Travel

Planning a trip to the Middle East this month? You’re in for a treat. Like in other Muslim-majority parts of the world, all attention will be centered on Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting observed annually by all Muslims across the globe. The holiday officially gets underway next week... Read More

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United Edit

Winter is the perfect time to hop the pond as flight prices are slashed and the crowds dissipate in search of warmer climates. Savvy travelers are sure to note this trend and take advantage of United Airlines’ deal offering flights from cities nationwide to Europe, the Middle East... Read More